February 2018

CEE PhD graduate (2011) Dr. Lambros Mitropoulos and professor Panos Prevedouros co-authored the fifth chapter of the newest book on lithium batteries Behaviour of Lithium-Ion Batteries in Electric Vehicles published by Springer.  Their chapter is titled  Conventional, Battery-Powered, and Other Alternative Fuel Vehicles: Sustainability Assessment

January 2018

The 97th annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board, January 7-11 in Washington DC marked the first time when a dozen professors, graduate students and researchers directly affiliated with CEE attended this multidisciplinary meeting focused on transportation. Guohui Zhang and his PhD students Qiong (Linda) Wu and Zhenning Li, and post doc researchers Cong Chen and Hao Yu made presentations and participated in poster sessions, technical committee meetings, and workshops. They reported their latest research progress in connected and autonomous vehicle management, safety modeling and analysis, and traffic operation strategies that are in progress the transportation program at UH. Oceana Francis presented a transportation safety paper coauthored with Karl Kim of Urban Planning at UH. Ricardo Archilla presented a paper and participated in two pavement committee meetings; his MS student, Grant Karr, received the 2017 University Transportation Center student of the year award. Phillip Ooi presented a paper on laser analysis of soils and his PhD student Melia Iwamoto presented a paper on a landslide warning system. Panos Prevedouros chaired the meeting of the freeway operations and connected and autonomous vehicle simulation subcommittee.  David Ma attended sessions at TRB and met with NSF officials. (Photo: professors Francis and Prevedouros at the evening reception of the Transportation Center of Northwestern University.)

December 2017

CEE Associate Professor Michelle Teng retired on Dec. 31, 2017 after 25 years with the department. “I enjoyed my work at UH completely and love the time I spent with all my colleagues and students. I will cherish all the happy memories of the last 25 years and will miss everyone as I move to the next phase of my life. I care about the UH and will continue to be a supporter of the CEE department and college,” Dr. Teng said.

A great teacher, lab coordinator, advisor and mentor, Dr. Teng will be missed by students and faculty.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Hawaii at Manoa is pleased to be a part of the NASA Sponsor’s THP proposal titled “Improving snowpack estimation through advanced snow emissivity modeling and multivariate data assimilation” in response to the NNH17ZDA001N-THP solicitation. The University of Hawaii Investigator on this project is Dr. Sayed Bateni.


Kekoa Moriwaki was the Outstanding Graduating Senior for CEE in fall 2017 semester. He graduated with Honors from Kamehameha School and completed the civil engineering degree in 3 ½ years! Kekoa has some solid work experiences by part-timing at local civil engineering companies, Yogi Kwong Engineers and the R.M. Towill Corporation. Congratulations!

The Envision sustainability assessment tool developed at Princeton University is a comprehensive assessment of sustainability credits that is applicable to any type of infrastructure project. Those who pass the exam become Envision Sustainability Professionals or ENV SP. Adding Envision to the course CEE 444: Infrastructure: Project Impacts, Policy and Sustainability would have been a small success if about a dozen students tried the exam and maybe half of them passed it. It would have been a clear success if ten passed (i.e., more than a quarter of the class). It turns out that nearly all of them took the Envision exam and 30 out of 36 passed. Twenty six of our undergraduates have a professional certification before they actually have their degree! Plus four graduate students. Congratulations to all, and many thanks to ENV SP engineer Jon Young and LEED engineer Amber Takenouchi, PE who helped professor Panos Prevedouros with the Envision section in CEE 444.

Civil Engineering is a top-5 degree choice among all international students who enrolled at the UH-Manoa in the Fall 2017 semester.


November 2017


Pacific District Chi Epsilon Cup goes to the University of Hawaii at Manoa Chapter for the third year in a row! This is the fourth win in five years. Congratulations!

Twelve Chi Epsilon students participated at the 30th Annual Pacific District Conference held at San Diego State University from November 9 through 11, 2017. Students competed against thirteen other California universities in chapter presentations, quiz (on civil engineering and Chi Epsilon), Jenga construction competition, banner stand design and construction, Simpson Strong Tie competition, and other events.  The UH winning team members include from left to right: Keenan Nakagawa, Jesse Yamada, James Cowper, Kimberly Chun, Aaron Trang, Yasmeen Mansour (President – holding the Pacific District Chi Epsilon Cup), Taylor Onizuka, Joon Hyung Yim, Megan Chang, Lidek Boryszewskiand, Torri Yoshizawa and John Sword.

Invited by Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, renown Civil Engineering historian and author, Dr. Henry Petroski of Duke University is the Fall 2017 speaker in UH’s series For a Better Tomorrow. Thank you to Hawaii News Now for covering our guest, Duke University civil engineering professor and infrastructure historian Dr. Henry Petroski.

October 2017

Congratulations to CEE Environmental Engineering PhD student Sabrina Diemert for winning the 2017 COE Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award! Sabrina not only worked diligently and excellently on normal TA responsibilities but also went beyond the call of duty by adopting new instructional techniques to help students learn the course materials.

Congratulations to CEE Assistant Professor Sayed Bateni for winning the 2017 COE Award for Excellence in Research!

Dr. Wai-Fah Chen, CEE emeritus professor and former Dean of the College of Engineering at UH Manoa, has recently co-authored the book “Structural Concrete: Strut-and-Tie Models for Unified Design” published by CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group. Congratulations!

September 2017

Professor David J. Lovell joined CEE for two semesters starting in Fall 2017 as part of his sabbatical leave. In addition to getting time to focus into his research endeavors and have some fun in Hawaii, Dr. Lovell contributes substantially to CEE by covering CEE 305 on statistics and collaborating with transportation faculty on various research topics. Dr. Lovell’s accomplishments can be found at his University of Maryland Faculty profile.

Professor Mark Davidson, Head of the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering at the University of Canterbury has joined CEE for two months in Fall 2017 in a collaboration with Dr. Sayed Bateni to convert a portion of CEE 320 course on fluid mechanics into a flipped-classroom course. Dr. Davidson’s accomplishments can be found at his University of Canterbury faculty profile.

Summer 2017

Congratulations to Prof. Ian Robertson who has been selected as the inaugural Arthur N.L. Chiu Distinguished Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering.

Drs. Archilla and Prevedouros were interviewed and quoted in a long article about the quality of roads on Oahu in the Honolulu Civil Beat.

Congratulations to Dr. Tao Yan for his promotion to Professor and to Dr. Lin Shen for his promotion to Associate Professor with tenure.

Congratulations to our CEE student design team for winning the ASCE award for “Excellence in Civil Engineering” in the  “Make the Ala Wai Awesome” Student Design Challenge 2017. The team members were Alexander Gomes, Minhthuch Le, Hideichi Mori, and Tatiana Oje; CEE Professor Roger Babcock was the faculty adviser.

Department Chair Prevedouros attended the 2017 Conference of Civil Engineering Department Chairs organized by ASCE and hosted by BYU in Provo, Utah. During the three days of the conference, a wealth of information on curriculum, innovation, sustainability, conflict management, accreditation and related issues were presented and exchanged. 2017 ASCE President-elect Kristina Swallow also attended in the opening day and addressed the 80+ department chairs.

May 2017

The University of Hawaii at Manoa ASCE Student Chapter was awarded the 2017 Richard J. Scranton Outstanding Community Service Award. This award was named in recognition of Richard J. Scranton who promoted community service as an integral part of student chapter activities. The UH-Manoa Chapter exemplifies the tradition of public service. Congratulations to our ASCE Student Chapter and its advisor Dr. Roger Babcock!

Congratulations to Mohammadreza Hashemi (Pasha), PhD student in transportation for having been selected the winner of the ITE Western District Student Paper Award. He will be presented with a plaque at the annual meeting in San Diego and receive a check for $500. Pasha is the president of the ITE Student Chapter at UH. His advisor is Dr. Ricardo Archilla.

Congratulations to UH men’s volleyball team for reaching the national semifinals! Major contributor to the victories has been No. 21 player, CEE senior Kupono Fey.

Best wishes for the finals. Go Bows!

The 6th Workshop in A‘o in Engineering series- Alaka‘ina a me wahi noho like o ka poʻe: Leadership and community will be held on May 5, 2017 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in Holmes 244.  The distinguished guests will be Dr. Michael Chun and Dr. Kā‘eo Duarte. Both are of Hawaiian ancestry and earned their PhDs in engineering. Join us as they share their experiences earning their engineering degrees, their path in industry, and how they connect their Hawaiian identity with giving back to the community. The workshop is open to all NHSEMP students and teacher education candidates in mathematics, science, and technology.

Left to right: Oceana Francis (PI on NSF BPE grant), Ron Riggs, Michael Chun (Honorary Speaker), Kā‘eo Duarte (Honorary Speaker), David Ma, Song Choi, Thanh Trúc T. Nguyễn (College of Education, Co-PI on NSF BPE grant)

April 2017

The UH Manoa ASCE Student Chapter took 50 students and their faculty advisor, Dr. Babcock, to participate in 17 technical and non-technical events at the ASCE Pacific Southwest Conference (PSWC) at UC Irvine on April 6 – April 8, 2017. The team placed 4th overall in the conference of 18 schools (1,400 students total). The Concrete Canoe team placed 6th overall, with 3rd for final product (overall canoe quality) and 3rd in race event points with 2nd in men’s sprints, 2nd in coed sprints, 2nd in men’s slalom, and 5th in women’s slalom. The steel bridge team won 1st place for stiffness and 10th place overall. Lee Schultz placed 3rd in the Technical Paper competition, the Transportation Design event team placed 4th, the Design Build Construction team placed 4th, and the Environmental event team placed 7th.  In the non-technical events, the team placed 1st in Beach Volleyball, 1st in the Mystery event, 1st in the Impromptu event, and 5th in the Scavenger Hunt.  The PSWC is the largest ASCE conference in the USA and the most competitive.

The entire team worked very hard preparing for this event and all were great competitors in Irvine CA. The UHM Conference co-Chairs were Jessica Shon and Skyler Tengan who worked tirelessly to ensure everything worked out well and everyone had a good time. The chapter was led in this past year by the following officers: President – Lauren Ho; Vice-President – Briant Pham; Treasurer – Stanley Taguchi; Recording Secretary – Danielle Terukina; and Corresponding Secretary – Taylor Onizuka.

The Student Chapter is very grateful to the 30 companies, the College of Engineering, ASCE Hawaii Section, and UH Manoa SAPFB who together made donations/grants totaling over $40,000 to help enable the team to prepare for and participate in PSWC in Irvine CA this year. The students also individually paid $600 to participate. Congratulations to all!

The department lost a dear friend and supporter, a valuable advisor and a remarkable structural engineer and pioneer in the area of precast concrete. Dr. Alfred Yee passed away peacefully on Friday afternoon, April 21, 2017.  A celebration of his life is being planned and details will be forthcoming. Dr. Yee’s legacy will be honored in perpetuity in CEE through his generous endowment for vising professors.

Congratulations to Dr. Michelle Teng who is 2017 Hi Chang Chai Teaching Award winner!


March 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Albert Kim for winning 2017 Univ. of Hawaii Board of Regents Teaching Award.

CEE PhD candidate Qiong (Linda) Wu and PhD student Zhenning Li along with their advisor Dr. Guohui Zhang attended the 2017 Pacific Risk Management Ohana (PRiMO) Conference-Navigation Towards Security and Sustainability on Mar. 20-24, 2017 at the Hawaii Convention Center, in Honolulu. Their research titled Critical Path Identification for Traffic Infrastructure Resilience Enhancement Impacted by Natural Hazards was selected for poster presentation.



A blast from the past thanks to alumna June Nakamura: A list with the first women graduates of our engineering program; 7 out of 8 were civil engineers!


On March 16, Dr. Panos D. Prevedouros was certified by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure as an ENVISION sustainability professional (ENV SP) making him the 19th ENV SP in Hawaii.

Pi Day turns to Pie a Professor at UH College of Engineering on March 14, 2017. Chairman Prevedouros, Interim Asc. Dean Ma and Professor Ooi were … pied.


The College of Engineering and the CEE Department were pleased to host a delegation from Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture including BUCEA’s President Dr. Ailin Zhang. We discussed research and education collaboration and we are working on an agreement for student and faculty training and exchanges.